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In Wisconsin explores the story of DJ Douglas a woman forced to disguise her identity to live in a man’s world, we'll scavenge for food growing in the forest and in the heart of our capitol city, you’ll see Chief Oshkosh’s vision for a sustainable forest and take a winter walk through the UW Arboretum.

DJ Douglas: Double Life
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dorothy, aka DJ, Douglas was a multifaceted and driven young woman with an inspiring story. Flying was her passion and she would stop at nothing to become a pilot - even if it meant disguising herself as a man. DJ made a name for herself in a man's world as "Sam Douglas." But that's only the beginning of her many accomplishments. DJ’s remarkable story reminds us that drive, determination and a little creativity can take you wherever you want to soar.

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Living off the Land
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wisconsin native Sam Thayer is one of the nation's best foragers. He can find a dinner where most of us see only forest. Thayer has taken his skills at foraging to a new level. He's created the nation's first nature trail dedicated to teaching people about edible wild foods. It's called the Standish Price Wild Food Interpretive Trail and it can be found in Price County. Join us as we learn about how to make a meal from basswood salad, white birch syrup, and yellow water lilies. Bon appétit!

If you do decide to go out and forage you need to make sure you know what you are doing. There are certain berries and plants that can make you sick.

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Urban Forager
Thursday, February 17, 2011

The wilds of Wisconsin aren't the only place to find an all natural meal. Nance Klehm is an expert on urban foraging, in part because she lives in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.  On this tour she introduces a curious class from the Willy Street Coop in Madison to some edible wild plants found in the heart of our city.

Being able to identify plants properly is key to safe urban foraging.

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Menominee Tribal Enterprises
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Most of Wisconsin's forests were stripped bare during the great timber boom of the nineteenth century.  But the forest of the Menominee Reservation holds more timber today than it did one hundred fifty years ago.  That's not because it has been left alone.  The sawmill run by Menominee Tribal Enterprises has provided tribal members with a living and way of life for one hundred years through selective harvesting and sustainable methods that the Menominee say go back to Chief Oshkosh.

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Arboretum Winter
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Take a winter tour of the 1260 acre UW-Madison Arboretum. Since 1934 people have come here to restore the land, advance ecological restoration, and foster Aldo Leopold's land ethic. 

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What's up next on In Wisconsin
Thursday, February 24, 2011

In Wisconsin features reports on the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum in Spooner, the impact of climate change on the American Birkebeiner race in northern Wisconsin and the iconic Stormy Kromer hat. Also an essay by Author Michael Perry takes a humorous look at wood burning.

 

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Beet Juice

The City of Beloit is fighting our winter weather with beet juice. They’re spreading the concoction on city streets to improve the snow melting capability of salt.  It’s more environmentally friendly and saves money. In Wisconsin producer Art Hackett shows you how it works.

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